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Spectra Logic Tape Library Aims at SMEs

CeBIT, Hannover, Germany - March 14, 2005 - Spectra Logic launched a new tape library aimed at small to medium enterprise customers.

The Spectra T50 library holds up to 4 LTO drives and 50 media slots in 4U rack space. The library has 576 GB per hour throughput and 40 TB (compressed) capacity with LTO-3. The T50 is compatible with all major backup software, operating systems and platforms. T50 will be available in May, and pricing begins at $9,300. ...Spectra Logic profile

SATA Tunneling Over Fibre Channel

Costa Mesa, CA, - March 14, 2005 - Emulex Corporation today announced it has developed a new technology that will simplify the use of low cost SATA drives within embedded Fibre Channel SANs without the need for expensive bridging solutions.

Emulex intends to present its "SATA Tunneling over Fibre Channel" technology to ANSI T11 board for inclusion into the Fibre Channel protocol as an industry standard.

Emulex will demonstrate this new technology next month in a live multi-tiered storage solution at next month's Storage Networking World conference in Arizona.

"What this means for storage solution providers is that existing investments in Fibre Channel infrastructures can be leveraged into multi-tiered storage environments that include low cost Serial ATA drives," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing for Emulex Corporation.

Werner Glinka, Chairman of the FCIA, comments, "We believe that SATA Tunneling over Fibre Channel technology could be a valuable addition to the Fibre Channel protocol. The Fibre Channel user community has invested heavily in building mission critical storage infrastructures, and this new technology offers them a logical and inexpensive migration path to multi-tiered storage leveraging these investments." ...Emulex profile, Fibre-channel, SATA, iSCSI

the Dangers of Removable Storage Media (Article)

Editor:- March 14, 2005 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, written by Magnus Ahlberg, Managing Director of Pointsec, it's called - "the Dangers of Removable Storage Media".

In the early James Bond films of the 1960s, viewers were introduced to an array of implausible (at the time) portable high tech spy gadgets. Nowadays we know from our own everyday experience that something the size of a cigarette lighter can actually be a video camera with its own wireless internet access. The proliferation of miniature high capacity storage devices creates a serious problem for commercial and national security. This article provides an up to date picture of the intrinsic dangers posed by current removable storage technologies. Here's a short extract.

"Think about how easy it would be to remove your corporate data. During the 1980's the fear was that people would be able to save the customer or company price lists onto a floppy disk and take it to their next employer. Today, they can not only take that information but also your entire customer database showing purchasing prices and history on a single device." the article, ...Pointsec profile, Security, Removable Storage

iRiver Chooses Seagate 1" Drive for New Music Player

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - March 14, 2005 - Seagate Technology announced today that iRiver, a leading brand in digital music players, has chosen Seagate as the sole provider of 1" hard drives for its new H10 digital music player.

iRiver's H10 with 5GB storage capacity holds up to 150 hours of high-quality music. It has an intuitive user interface on a vivid color LCD, and offers a detachable lithium battery. ...Seagate profile, ...iRiver, 1 " drives

Exabyte Expands Distribution with Condre Storage

BOULDER, CO - March 14, 2005 - Exabyte Corporation announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Condre Storage, Inc.

This agreement expands Exabyte's existing distribution channels to the mid-range VAR and reseller community and broadens availability of Exabyte tape storage solutions. Condre Storage will begin shipping the complete line of Exabyte products immediately.

"This distribution agreement is significant because it enhances Exabyte's support of the mid-range reseller community and makes Exabyte solutions more widely available throughout North America" said Tom Ward, president and CEO of Exabyte. ...Exabyte profile, ...Condre Storage profile

Sony & IntraDyn Unveil 1U AIT ComplianceVault

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 14, 2005 - Sony is working with Intradyn on a combined archiving and retrieval solution tailored to address demanding record retention requirements for small and medium sized businesses such as brokerages, medical clinics and legal firms.

The all-in-one e-mail archiving system couples Intradyn's ComplianceVault E-mail Archiving and Retrieval Appliance with Sony's Advanced Intelligent Tape automation technology, offering a cost-effective and plug-and-play solution for SMBs that need to tackle regulatory compliance.

"There are very limited solutions in the e-mail compliance market specifically designed with the small to mid-sized company in mind," said Christopher Ferski, IT director at Goldsmith Agio Helms, an investment bank with offices in New York and London. "Large enterprise solutions are readily available and impressive, however, the cost of those systems is a major deterrent. These other available options, to be fully compliant, would have cost us more than $50,000. Intradyn and Sony have taken a complex requirement with serious consequences and made the solution very simple and easy to deploy. We actually accomplished full e-mail compliance with this single solution in less than 10 minutes."

The ComplianceVault is an integrated hardware and software solution that can be attached to a company's network to capture e-mails on a continuous basis, from virtually any e-mail system that is based on the common POP3 or IMAP standards, and from a virtually unlimited number of mailboxes. E-mails are stored and indexed to disk for fast search and retrieval, and archived and indexed to Sony's AIT rewritable or write-once, read-many (WORM) media. AIT WORM media limits accidental erasure or alteration of data, enables time and date authentication, and allows for easy off-site storage, all at a low cost.

Available in three configurations, the 1U rack-mountable ComplianceVault can be attached to any of Sony's 1U or 2U slim-line AIT libraries. ...IntraDyn profile, ...Sony profile

IDC Reports on the Storage Software Market in 2004

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - March 14, 2005 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 15% year-over-year to $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2004.

For the full year 2004, storage software revenue grew 16.1% year over year to $7.9 billion, injecting more than a billion dollars of new revenue into the marketplace.

"The storage software market ended on a very positive note, continuing its momentum of double-digit growth. This pattern is fueled by the increased business investment in data protection and management, as well as a greater awareness of compliance requirements," said Bill North, research director for Storage Software at IDC.

In the fourth quarter of 2004, the SRM market posted the largest gain at 19.7% year-over-year growth, while the back-up and archive software market continued to represent the largest functional market, growing 9.5% year over year. The storage replication software and file system software markets also enjoyed strong results in the fourth quarter with 17.2% and 14.2% year-over-year growth, respectively.

IDC said the top 5 storage software vendors in 2004 were:- EMC, VERITAS, Computer Associates, IBM and HP respectively. ...IDC profile, Market research, Storage Software

USB Flash Storage Protected by Fingerprint ID

CeBIT, Hannover, Germany - March 10, 2005 - SanDisk Corporation today introduced the Cruzer Profile, a portable, hi-speed USB 2.0 flash memory storage drive with added personal data security.
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Will Storage Search Appliances Create a Real New Market?
Ever since the widespread use of search-engines on the world wide web in 1996 it's been a bone of contention for marketers and knowledge workers that finding critical data within their own corporate networks is harder than finding useful data on the web.

Although some search technology companies like Google and Thunderstone offer search appliances for use in company intranets - they don't solve two basic basic problems.
  • Not all enterprise data is available in file formats which are understood by search-engines which were originally designed for a web world.
  • Not all enterprise data is amenable to access by crawlers. For example data in directly attached storage or connected to fibre-channel SANs. Also the performance overhead and security risks inherent in allowing search agents access to all the servers on your network may be unacceptable.
The importance of unstructured data in emails, word documents, powerpoint presentations etc is well understood. In the last few years backup software vendors have brought out special products to make sure that these files are archived and retrievable to meet security regulations. But that's not the same as making this data easy to randomly access for the purposes of business intelligence or creating a new strategic plan.

That's why two announcements in mid March by Index Engines and Kazeon Systems are interesting - because they suggest that a new generation of storage start up companies has been quitely working on this problem and is starting to offer products.

The approach from Index Engines, is to install an indexing appliance in the path of the network backup system. This avoids the problem of network topologies - because wherever the data came from - it should end up passing through the backup tape or disk system - at the time that a backup is done. This solution indexes the data in real-time - with minimal impact on the backup time - but has the disadvantage of scalability. It will be too slow for many users. But it's a real product and is a good start in this market. My view is this company needs to start making deals with tape backup companies pronto - so that they can bundle the new products as a value-added option. Otherwise sales will be slow as few users will be willing to take the risk that the appliance from an unknown new company might somehow affect their backup.

The approach from Kazeon Systems is more cryptic - because they don't have a marketable product yet - although the company does say that it is being tried in real customer sites. This sounds like a more scalable solution - because the company's initial press release said it could deal with "billions of objects and the information they contain." We'll have to wait till the summer to see more details.

But we can expect to see a lot more companies in this market space marry storage search technology to data archiving. When that happens we'll create a special index page for it. Until then just watch this space.

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All Aboard the 4 Gigabit Train? - by Steve Gardner, Director of Product Marketing, Engenio
The future of 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel technology is here and by 2006 it will be widely adopted by organisations around the world.
Just 6 -months ago that statement would have been met with heavy skepticism; but today, industry analysts, customers and manufacturers all agree that 4 Gbps technology will be available from the world's leading IT vendors by mid-2005.

Companies with high performance computing needs, such as scientists, engineers, artists and others who need access to large amounts of data to solve complex problems, will be the first to adopt the technology. Four Gigabit Fibre Channel technology will enable auto manufacturers to reduce time to market and improve the safety of vehicles by making testing and simulations less time consuming. Energy companies will be able to conduct more iterations of analysis thereby improving the bidding process and increasing their probability of finding petroleum. Companies that aren't considered "traditional" high performance computing customers will also benefit. Food manufacturers, for example, will be able to redesign and improve packaging in less time by using 4 Gbps technology.

The entertainment industry will produce higher quality animated movies, in less time, when they adopt 4 Gbps technology. The producers of Polar Express, an animated film that was a holiday hit, used a new technique called "Performance Capture" that allows an actor to be covered in hundreds of tiny computer chips. The data from these chips contains precise information about all of the actor's movements, including facial expressions. Production of the graphics involved in the endeavor required millions of time consuming calculations. Had 4 Gbps been available, the time required to produce the movie could have been reduced significantly.

The most frequently asked question regarding 4 Gbps technology is "Why do I need this?" After all, most users still aren't taking full advantage of all that 2 Gbps SANs have to offer. The answer is twofold: technology and economics. As technology advances components become smaller, faster and less expensive. Vendors push improvements to differentiate and create competitive advantage. As a by product, the new technology can drive lower costs, creating an economic incentive for buyers to use the latest technology, even if their need is not immediate. When you add the fact that the new 4 Gbps technology will be compatible with 2 Gbps and 1 Gbps installations. There will be no need to uninstall 2 Gbps investments, and customers will be able to seamlessly plug into the improved infrastructure. This understanding changed the question from "Why do I need this?" to "When can I have this?"

It's important to remember that 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Technology is only part of the computing equation. If your performance bottleneck is the server horsepower for example, adding 4 Gbps infrastructure won't produce improved results. 4Gbps technology is just around the corner. The speed is impressive, and the costs are attractive. This train will be leaving the station soon. Don't be left behind. ...Engenio profile, Fibre-channel adapter cards, SAN, article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History

See also:- another article by Steve Gardner - Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce?

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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again. Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer.

SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals. the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

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Fingerprint identification technology embedded in the device helps restrict access to only the designated user(s) of the Cruzer Profile.

The Cruzer Profile will be sold in 512MB and 1GB capacities, and includes dual LED's. One LED indicates USB functionality and data transfer and the second one provides proper status during enrollment and authentication of the biometric fingerprint.
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Mike Morganstern, the USB flash drive product marketing manager at SanDisk, said, "The USB flash drive market is attracting new customers every day and many of them want a portable storage device that will add an extra layer of security to protect the data on their device if the flash drive is lost or stolen. SanDisk's Cruzer Profile authenticates users when a finger is swiped across the device and an embedded identification sensor reads the fingerprint, gives approval and activates the drive. We are taking SanDisk's Cruzer brand to a new level with the Cruzer Profile, an advanced secure personal storage solution for on-the-go business people, professionals, students and many others." ...SanDisk profile

BenQ Demonstrates New Optical Storage

HANNOVER, GERMANY - March 10, 2005 - this week BenQ unveiled its latest storage products at CeBIT.

The BenQ BW1000 uses an advanced Philips triple-laser optical pick-up unit in which the separate blue, infra-red and red lasers share the same optical pathway to provide Blu-ray Disc read/write capabilities, as well as read/write compatibilities with DVD and CD. This innovative optical pick-up unit has a flexible architecture for future speed improvements and versatile products design. Blue laser technology applies the emitted blue-violet light with wavelength 405nm, which can read and track pitch on an optical disc. The BenQ BW1000 also provides 50 Gbytes or more of capacity recording on an optical disc to fulfill the increasing demand for large capacity digital audio, video contents storage and data archives. This product will be available from the second half of 2005. ...BenQ profile

ExaStore Wins Award at Network Storage Conference

NEW YORK - March 10, 2005 - ExaStore 2.0, Exanet's high-performance, software-based, hardware-independent clustered NAS solution, was named "Best Complete Storage System" at the prestigious Network Storage Conference yesterday.

ExaStore was recognized because of its unique technology, significant value offering and customer endorsement. The panel of judges included experts from IBM, Sun Microsystems, Computer Technology Review, Mesabi Group, and Peripheral Concepts.

"This award is another validation of ExaStore's unique software-based approach..." said Rami Schwartz, CEO of Exanet. "We've developed superior software that leverages commodity hardware to create the ultimate price/ performance storage solution, and we're pleased that such a high-caliber panel of judges has recognized ExaStore as the best complete system."

"Although we had many high-quality contenders, we chose ExaStore because its technology truly is one of the most innovative available on the market," said Farid Neema, President of the event organiser Peripheral Concepts. ...Exanet profile, ...Network Storage Conference, Storage Events

Backup Software Priced on Data Volume Not CPUs

CeBIT, HANNOVER, Germany - March 10, 2005 ­ Arkeia Corporation announced today a major upgrade of Arkeia Server Backup with an innovative new pricing model.

New features in Arkeia Server Backup include:- support for tape autoloaders and automatic multi-flow backup from disks.

Arkeia's new pricing model is based on backed up data volume. Data volume pricing ranges will begin at $99 for 50GB .

Arkeia was the first company to offer a professional network backup solution for the Linux platform. With an installation base of 100,000 solutions, Arkeia is the leader in the Linux backup market, offering the widest range of supported distributions and architectures.

To acknowledge the contribution of thousands of Linux users who have donated time and expertise toward the goal of making Linux a viable alternative OS, Arkeia will make available a free version of the lower range data-volume edition of Arkeia Server Backup. ...Arkeia profile, Linux Portals, Backup Software

Editor's comments:- this new pricing structure sounds so simple that you have to ask - why hasn't anyone else in the server market done it before? The real reason - I suspect - is that most enterprise software actually requires a lot of technical support to get it running properly. The reasons vary, but are mainly due to the fragmented nature of enterprise environments, poorly tested (or untested) distributions for niche platforms etc. To fix those problems when customers get them - costs money and resources - upto several man days for some products. And there are few software vendors who have the confidence or experience with a large user base to make this kind of offer. We're still a long way off shrink wrapped software for the enterprise - but the Linux market's size is bringing this goal closer.

EqualLogic Supplies Europe's Largest iSCSI SAN

Nashua, N.H. - March 9, 2005 - EqualLogic, Inc. , today announced it is providing the core infrastructure for Europe's largest IP SAN for SDC Udvikling A/S.

SDC, based in Denmark, provides the IT infrastructure for more than 85 banks, servicing hundreds of thousands of customers. According to technology watchers on both sides of the Atlantic, the SDC infrastructure is the largest iSCSI SAN in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

SDC worked with EqualLogic distributor Consolidate IT to implement an iSCSI-based SAN consisting of 8 PS Series storage arrays providing 32TB of storage capacity for 120 Dell servers, 100 of which are configured with Adaptec iSCSI 7211C host bus adapters.

"We chose the EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI SAN because it's very easy and cost-effective to set up and maintain. We already have the IP switches and knowledge of the technology," said SDC IT Consultant Bo Christiansen. "We had to be able to get new servers up and running on the SAN in 10 minutes or less. We have a very small window to fix a problem. If the SAN is down, we would spend a lot of time taking calls from unhappy customers. The EqualLogic SAN is now the central resource of the data center..."

An important feature of the SAN is its support of iSCSI boot capability, enabled by the Adaptec HBAs and EqualLogic's flexible architecture. This feature allows SAN servers to be remotely – and rapidly – configured with the desired operating system and application image. ...EqualLogic profile, iSCSI

StorageTek Seeks a New Image

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - March 9, 2005 - StorageTek today announced that it has realigned its more than $900 million global services organization into five professional service and remote service practice areas.

In related news today StorageTek announced a formal Storage Appraisal service to help customers gain a better understanding of their capacity requirements and cost structures, making it easier to store, manage and archive information on the right device, at the right time. Differentiated from other consulting entities by its deep storage domain expertise, StorageTek's new practice areas offer in-depth knowledge to address customers' sustainable storage strategies that balance the cost of storing and managing information with its changing value over time. ...StorageTek profile, Storage Services

Editor's comments:- this is a strong signal by StorageTek, on the wrong side of 35 years old, that it wants users to stop thinking about it as a tape backup company ("loser") since that segment is doomed to shrink and disappear. This is a clever marketing move because the company is saying - hey - half our company is storage services already. There was a time in the mid 1970s when it was impossible to think of IBM as anything other than a computer manufacturer - and the lesson from IBM's successful makeover in the mid 1990s - is that IT services can be sexy and good business too.

Now the only thing StorageTek needs is an animal. All the best marketing service books say you need an animal metaphor to simplify customer understanding of what you do. Mice, elephants and cheetahs are already taken.

20-year Industry Veteran to Lead Incipient's Sales

Waltham, MA. - March 9, 2005 - Incipient, Inc. announced that seasoned sales executive Mike Morando has joined the Company as Senior VP of Sales.

Morando brings to Incipient more than 20 years of OEM sales and business development leadership experience in the networking and storage industries. Prior to joining Incipient, Morando was responsible for Strategic Software Alliances at Brocade where he headed efforts to recruit companies to develop software applications for the Brocade Fabric Application Platform. Prior to Brocade, he led sales and business development efforts for Rhapsody Networks (acquired by Brocade) and at Gadzoox Networks (IPO).

"Mike brings to Incipient a wealth of experience in OEM sales strategies and business development for storage and switch-related companies. We are happy he is on board..." said Ric Calvillo, Incipient President and CEO. ...Incipient profile, Backup Software, Storage People

STMicroelectronics Puts the Squeeze on EEPROMs

Geneva - March 9, 2005 - STMicroelectronics today claimed to be the first company to sample 512-kbit EEPROM devices, which are SPI bus compatible in a small (4.5 x 3.1mm) TSSOP8 package. This, combined with 1.8V operation, enables manufacturers to reduce board space as well as offer slimmer and lighter end-products. These new EEPROMs will be used in applications that have a large amount of rapidly changing parameter data, such as video-game systems and electronic toys, digital cameras, car radios, navigation, pagers, set-top boxes, digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players/recorders and other portable consumer applications. PC servers, printers and portable scanners will also benefit, as well as medical equipment and communications systems. ...STMicroelectronics profile, Flash Memory

Fujitsu Delivers Production Serial SCSI Hard Drives

San Jose, CA - March 8, 2005 - Fujitsu today announced that it has delivered the industry's first production-ready small form factor serial attached SCSI 3Gb/second hard disk drives to leading storage manufacturers.

The new SFF SAS configuration offers lower power consumption than competing hard disk drives with a mean-time-between-failure rating of 1.4 million power-on hours, suitable to meet demanding enterprise application requirements.

"In the past year, Fujitsu has been working closely with strategic partners, participating in interoperability plugfests, and following an engineering timeline that ensures our customers are ready to deploy SAS in the enterprise in 2005." said Joel Hagberg, VP, Marketing and Business Development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. ...Fujitsu profile, Serial Attached SCSI

Adtron's 2.5" Flash Disks Increase Speed & Capacity

Embedded Systems Conference, SAN FRANCISCO, CA- March 8, 2005 - Adtron is now shipping a more compact, higher capacity and higher performance version of its 2.5-inch IDE and SATA Flashpak flash disks.

The evolution of Adtron ArrayPro technology delivers these improvements and a new lower OEM pricing. (Quantity pricing for an 8 GByte A25FB flash drive with a industrial temperature rating is $3,072.) This design generation is yielding higher packaging densities and allowing 2.5-inch SATA drives of 8GBytes with 7.7mm height. Adtron's 2.5-inch family flash disk family now offers capacities upto 56 GBytes compared to 12 GBytes just 1 year ago. Performance capabilities have improved with sustained read/write rates at 80 MBytes per second, in comparison to 12 MB/sec just 1 year ago.

"Markets that previously objected to flash disk implementations because of high prices and inadequate performance have new opportunities to look at faster drives with higher capacities at an improved market price" said Alan Fitzgerald, President . ...Adtron profile, Solid state disks, Flash Memory

Engenio Unveils Replication Express for DB2

MILPITAS, CA - March 8, 2005 - Engenio today announced the release of Replication Express software for DB2.

This new software improves backup and recovery speed by automating the use of SANtricity Storage Management software replication features such as Snapshot and Volume Copy. Replication Express software for DB2 is specifically tested and designed for DB2 database environments, using Tivoli Storage Manager on AIX operating systems. ...Engenio profile

Fujitsu Offers Encrypted Tape Backup

Munich, Germany - March 8, 2005 - Effective immediately, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Decru, Inc. are offering a fast, easy-to-use solution to protect sensitive corporate backup data.

Every user of the CentricStor virtual tape appliance can now automatically encrypt his magnetic tapes using Decru's DataFort storage security appliances. The modular solution fits into CentricStor and can generally be up and running within 24 hours. Highly secure AES-256 encryption is applied to the data without impact on backup procedures or compromising speed. The new offering addresses the escalating problem of unauthorized access to backup data that has become apparent in recent years. Whether mistakenly or illicitly, data is increasingly being manipulated, deleted or stolen. Financial institutions, healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector are particularly vulnerable, especially if tapes need to be archived and/or moved. Moreover, they are exposed to potential security gaps when outsourcing or offshoring business processes. The risk is especially great during transition and implementation phases when data or tapes can land in the hands of unauthorized third parties. ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile, ...Decru profile, Tape drives

K-PAR Optical Archiving at CeBIT

Bristol, UK - March 8, 2005 - K-PAR Archiving Software will be offering small to medium sized organisations at CeBIT advice on how they can ensure data storage compliance without exceeding their IT budgets.

K-PAR has been providing SMBs with cost effective archival storage solutions for over 25 years and will be demonstrating its latest release of Archimedia and its new Linux based archiving and storage management software, Archion. A recent report by the Butler Group said that most organisations do not have a clear understanding of their obligations, under current and pending regulations to retain information. This ignorance will cost organisations dearly as regulators get tougher on companies that fail to locate and retrieve information within the requested timeframe. ...K-PAR Systems profile, Optical Libraries, Storage Events

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